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1 Feb 2016

Survey Findings on the HKSAR Government’s Popularity in January 2016Released by Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at CUHK

1 Feb 2016
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A telephone survey was conducted from 25 to 28 January 2016 by Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University ofHong Kongto study the popularity of the HKSAR Government for the month of January 2016.  790 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 42.1%.  The sampling error is + or – 3.49 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. 

Major findings are summarized as follows: 

Satisfaction towards the HKSAR Government.  According to the current survey, 42.7% of the 790 respondents expressed dissatisfaction towards the HKSAR Government, 17.1% said they were satisfied and 38.7% answered ‘in-between’.  The corresponding figures in January 2016 were 41.8%, 19.9%, and 36.9%.  Results of January 2016 were not significantly different from those of the past month statistically. 

Rating of Chief Executive LEUNG Chun-ying.  The current survey showed that the performance rating of Chief Executive (with a point scale ranging from 0 to 100 while 50 as a passing mark) stood at 40.3 in average and it was 41.5 last month, but the difference between December 2015 and January 2016 was found to have no statistical significance.

Ratings of Three Secretaries.  The ratings of Chief Secretary for Administration (Carrie LAM), Financial Secretary (John TSANG), and Secretary for Justice (Rimsky YUEN) in January 2016 were 51.7, 59.4, and 47.6 respectively.  The corresponding figures in December 2015 were 52.8, 60.5, and 47.7. No statistically significant differences were observed in the ratings of three secretaries between December 2015 and January 2016. 

Trust in the HKSAR and the Central Governments.  In January 2016, 21.1% of the respondents showed trust in the HKSAR Government and 33.8% expressed distrust; 43.3% answered ‘in-between’.  The results of December 2015 were 22.1%, 31.1%, and 44.8% respectively.  There was no statistically significant difference in trust in the HKSAR Government between December 2015 and January 2016.  Concerning the level of trust in the Central Government in January 2016, while 18.7% said they trusted the Central Government, 41.1% answered the opposite; 34.6% said ‘in-between’.  The respective figures in the previous month were 21.9%, 37.1%, and 36.7%.  The difference between December 2015 and January 2016 was also found to be statistically insignificant. 

Satisfaction and Ratings of the 2016 Policy Address.  While 42.7% showed dissatisfaction towards the new Policy Address, 16.1% of them found it satisfactory.  35.6% answered “in-between”.  When comparing with the previous survey on 2015 policy address, this year’s dissatisfaction responses increased by 3.4 percentage points while the percentage of satisfaction decreased by 6.8 percentage points.  In addition, the overall rating of the 2016 Policy Address (with a point scale ranging from 0 to 100 while 50 as a passing mark) was 41.4, which was much lower than that of the previous survey on 2015 policy address last year (45.9). The above differences between January 2015 and January 2016 were also found to have statistical significance.